Nicolas Sarkozy was sentenced on Monday in Paris to three years in prison for office corruption and abuse.
The ex-president will have to spend a year in prison, and also Sarkozy will have to spend two more years on probation. The sentence with a real prison term to the former president in France is passed for the first time.
The prosecutor’s office demanded four years of imprisonment for the politician, including two years in prison and two on probation.
Sarkozy’s trial began last November. Charges of corruption and abuse of office were brought against Sarkozy. According to the investigation, as president, he tried to influence the course of the investigation into the donations of L’Oreal co-owner Liliane Bettencourt, of which he was a defendant himself. He offered Judge Gilbert Azibert a promotion and a warm place in Monaco to exchange information about the investigation.
The prosecution is based on recordings of telephone conversations between Sarkozy and his lawyer, Thierry Herzog, who was in the dock with the ex-president.
The series of legal proceedings will not end there. A new trial is scheduled for March, where Sarkozy and his 13 associates will face charges of illegally financing the 2012 election campaign.
Sarkozy is suspected of fraud involvement, as a result of which he managed almost to double the legal limit on spending on a lost election campaign.
Nicolas Sarkozy himself had repeatedly stated that his criminal prosecution is a witch hunt and revenge for his attempts to limit the powers of judges when he was president.
Nicolas Sarkozy was President of France from 2007 to 2012.